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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE RETREAT – Park Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

With Kathy Burke’s imprimatur attached as director, my expectations were high for Sam Bain’s The Retreat although everything else about the writer was unknown to me.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CORIOLANUS – Barbican Centre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Coriolanus may not be the most frequently staged of Shakespeare’s political Roman dramas although it nearly always gets included when a series of them are run together as here with the lat…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

POISON – Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

There is something exquisitely philosophical and European about Lot Vekemans’ approach, at once logical and precise as she moves her two-hander from a point of unresolved conflict and outr…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

MACBETH – Bussey Building ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Devil You Know theatre company director Paul Tomlinson describes his setting as 'post apocalyptic’ and certainly Peckham’s Bussey building lends itself to such a concept.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

SUZY STORCK – Gate Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Some of the most viscerally shattering productions I’ve seen in recent years have turned up at the tiny Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Magali Mougel’s Suzy Storck is no exception.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

THE SEAGULL – Pushkin House ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

What extraordinary actors the Russians produce and what a revelation is this newly filmed version by Moscow’s Satirikon Theatre uncomfortable, disturbing, unsettling though it also is.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ANYTHING THAT FLIES – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

When I read that Anything that Flies was her debut play by writer, Judith Burnley, I naturally assumed it was a young playwright being given a big chance by Jermyn Street’s new artistic di…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

BITCHED – Tristan Bates Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Raizada’s dialogue is unflinching in the way she captures speech that symbiotically interweaves between everyday conversations and those portrayed on TV as if both were entwined and feedin…

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A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE – West End ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

It’s all elegantly if slightly laboriously done in studied anachronistic style, delivered facing out to the audience as if emphasising precisely its decorative home.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ALBION – Almeida Theatre ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Rupert Goold’s previous, James Graham’s Ink, went on to enjoy its present run in the West End. For sheer entertainment value, I’ll be amazed if Mike Bartlett’s stirring eulogy for a …

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Monday, October 23, 2017

THE LADY FROM THE SEA – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

The grounding comes in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s decision to transplant the play to 1950s Caribbean and in the casting of Nikki Amuka-Bird as Doctor Wangel’s second wife, Ellida giving her raci…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE SEAGULL – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Simon Stephens’ version makes no bones about how an obsession for fame can lead to ruin, hell and damnation or all three. Adelayo Adedayo’s Nina is burning to be a 'celebrity’, idolisi…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BEGINNING – National Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Whereas Heisenberg celebrates taking a chance on love, even in one’s dotage, Beginning seems, sotto voce, to be saying something interesting about class.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

A DAY BY THE SEA – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Carole Woddis

You win some, you lose some. Sometimes 'forgotten gems’ are cast aside for good reason. Fashion, sensibilities, history – always changing.

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HEISENBERG: The Uncertainty Principle – West End by Carole Woddis

I think I should start off by saying Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle that launches a brave new commercial venture in the West End by director Marianne Elliott and producer Chris Harper…

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THE FALL – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

"Theatre is important. Theatre has the most amazing ability to give people an understanding of what can often be very complex social issues by telling human stories, while at the same time s…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHILD OF THE DIVIDE – Polka Theatre & touring ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Child of the Divide launches Bhuchar’s Boulevard, a new development on from the company, Tamasha, she founded with Kristine Landon-Smith in 1989 and which premiered Child of the Divide ori…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

MACBETH – Barbican Theatre & touring ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

It is now a little over a year since director Yukio Ninagawa died and this revival of his Macbeth, arguably his greatest hit, certainly brought an extra emotional tug to the Barbican.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

WHAT SHADOWS – Park Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

As a play, there is so much in What Shadows that touches on and echoes today’s myriad trouble spots, it could hardly be more topical.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

AFTER THE REHEARSAL/PERSONA – Barbican Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Having excavated Visconti (Ossessione), Ivo van Hove has now moved on to Ingmar Bergman. Much as I admire van Hove – and I do – I am a little perplexed as to why he’s involved himself …

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

THE MARCH ON RUSSIA – Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

In David Storey's The March of Russia, Up in Arms find a source of such acutely observed family, domestic pain and political pertinence as to set the heart racing afresh.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

WINGS – Young Vic ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Fusing brilliant imaginative speculation with humour, in Natalie Abrahami’s revival, Wings becomes a deeply moving, ultimately even uplifting account of what it might feel like for a strok…

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TROUBLE IN MIND – The Print Room at the Coronet ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

With its peeling walls and echoes of proscenium grandeur, Alice Childress’s 1955 American classic in praise of theatre carries a wonderful sense of authenticity, even to some of its echoin…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

THE BLINDING LIGHT – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Howard Brenton gives us a barn-storming role for the actor playing Strindberg – in this case, Jasper Britton – and the women who appear in his life.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

OSLO – National Theatre & West End ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

As any story going behind-the-scenes of history, Oslo gives audiences a thrilling and enthralling sense of being, for once, on the 'inside' of events. And Rogers keeps personalities and the …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

EUGENE ONEGIN – Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre’s filmed version of a live performance of the play of the novel by its artistic director, Rimas Tuminas has arrived, if only for one screening at the Barbican…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

DOUBT – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Doubt is a painful path to follow, even more so when it comes to religious belief. Shanley’s parable of doubt, first seen in 2005 and in Britain two years later, then carried under-current…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

APOLOGIA – West End by Carole Woddis

I remember Apologia from its first time around, at the Bush Theatre. Then it seemed an extraordinarily acute if honest rebuke to those women of the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FLAMENCURA – Sadler’s Wells by Carole Woddis

I reckon this should be on a drip-feed so flamenco aficionados can get a daily fix of the artistry, beauty and passion that is Paco Peña and his company of dancers, singers and guitarists.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN – Arcola Theatre by Carole Woddis

Even if Czech is not your first language, nor Leos Janáček’s music for that matter, Guido Martin-Brandis, Oliver Till and The Opera Company’s chamber version, part of the Arcola’s ex…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

BODIES – Royal Court Theatre by Carole Woddis

It’s a very strange feeling when you come across two new plays with almost identical themes – a zeitgeist moment where an idea floating in the ether gets picked up by two playwrights in …

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